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PUT TWO MATCHES TOGETHER, ONE LOOSE FROM A BOOK
AND THE OTHER STANDING STRAIGHT UP FROM A BOOK OF
MATCHES. LIGHT THE ATTACHED MATCH AND THEN
PLACE THE LOOSE MATCH ON THE TIP OF IT, LETTING GO
OF THE LOOSE MATCH IMMEDIATELY. IF THE LOOSE MATCH
STAYS UP, IT MEANS YOU AND YOUR LOVE WILL STAY
TOGETHER. IF IT FALLS OFF OR DOWN, YOUR LOVE IS
DOOMED.

Data entry tech comment: DIAGRAM ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.3

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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IF TWO MATCHES ARE PLACED PERPENDICULAR WITH THEIR
TIPS TOUCHING AND THE HORIZONTAL ONE BURNS FIRST,
THEN YOU ARE IN LOVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.3

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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IF YOU STRIKE A MATCH, THE DIRECTION THAT THE FLAME
FIRST BLOWS IN IS THE DIRECTION THAT YOUR TRUE
LOVE LIVES IN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS AN AMERICAN GIRL WHO WAS BROUGHT
UP IN A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY IN WHICH SHE
FIRST HEARD THIS PREDICTION ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.3

Date learned: 11-02-1963

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